St. Mary’s is the parish church of Peldon, a village south of Colchester, Essex.

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The Friends of St. Mary’s (Registered Charity 1114809) fundraises for repairs, restoration work and improvements to this Grade 1 listed building, for it to continue as a place of worship and a community venue for use by all.

Since 2006 the Friends has raised over £50,000 for such work, but more fundraising is needed to help get this building into good order for the next generation. We intend to do just that, and enjoy ourselves along the way!

Find out what we’ve achieved and How you can support us.

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Provisional calendar of events for 2020

In addition to ‘The Devil’s Trill’ (which is a confirmed event), the following calendar is provisional at this stage: . 2nd April, at St. Mary’s, 7.30pm, ‘Music and Sweet Poetry’ – Verse and song with local poets, singers, and Octavia. £12 (£8 Friends in advance). . 6th May, at St. Mary’s, 7.30pm, ‘Do it Yourself!’ […]

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March event: ‘The Devil’s Trill’ – advance details

We are delighted to announce this as the Friends first event for 2020. . A concert devised and presented by Dominic Moore (Violin), and accompanied by Andrew Quartermain (piano). It will include music by Tartini, Debussy, and Beethoven. . Venue: St. Mary’s, Peldon. Date: 4th March Time: 7.30pm Tickets: £15 (£10 for Friends when booked […]

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New member benefit – a discount on tickets

For all Friends events held at St. Mary’s, there will be a discount of one-third off the ticket price when Members book their tickets in advance. A Friends number will be allocated to each member, which can be quoted when booking, rather than the need to show a card. A special email address for bookings […]

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Changes to subscription rates

Further to the AGM in November, the subscription rates for new members have been changed in line with inflation. This is the first increase since the Friends was founded in 2006. From 1st September 2020 the following rates will apply: . Annual individual: £30 Annual family: £45 Life membership individual: £375 (so now is a […]

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Carol Singing round the village – Last call

Do try and join in with this. . Meet at the Peldon & Wigboroughs Community Hall car park at 6.30pm for singing carols at certain places around Peldon. (do bring a torch). . Mulled wine and nibbles at the Church afterwards !

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‘Storm along! Roll along!’ – report

A fine time was had by a large crowd at the Peldon and Wigboroughs Community Hall on the 16th November, at an evening of sea shanties and stories. . Quire (Colchester World Music Choir) were out in force, filling the stage and giving us gave us a fine selection of sea shanties and other songs […]

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Notes from the Friends AGM, 2019

The AGM was held on 13 November 2019 at the Church. . After the preliminaries the Treasurer introduced the Financial Report for the financial year 1st September 2018 to 31st August 2019. To the nearest pound, the starting balance was £20,389, net profit from events was £500, income from subscriptions,sponsorship and donations received was £1319, […]

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‘Folk Music in East Anglia’ – report

This was Bill Tamblyn’s pet subject of course, as he teaches folk music courses and collects songs too. This was held on 17th September and although only a dozen people came, they were mostly from outside the parish but were interested in the subject.

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December event: Carol Singing round the Village

This Peldon tradition didn’t happen last year. Let’s revive it this year ! . Meet at PWCH car park at 6.30 pm. on Tuesday 17th December for some carol singing around the village. Refreshments afterwards at the church. . Bill has the song sheets, all you need is some warm clothes and a torch!

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